December 1939 reported civil accidents

This accident list is the result of many years work, noting accidents reported in various sources. The accidents may be anything from a forced-landing to a total write off. It includes some non WWII related military accidents. I make no claims as to the accuracy of any item, but these notes may help if you wish to follow up any report. Any additions or corrections to this list would be welcome. You can email me at (or just click on this link)

A "?" in any column indicates that there is a definite doubt in my mind

Where no Registration is known, the nationality prefix is shown. Where a military aircraft is involved, serials are given where known, otherwise the nationality is followed by "-mil". A serial with no prefix indicates a RAF aircraft.

The Type is as reported, remember that many British newspapers described any light aircraft as a "Moth"

The Location may be some distance from the accident site, particularly in more remote parts of the world. The country is assumed to be that of the registration, unless otherwise shown. State or province abbreviations are those normally used. Country names are those that existed at the time, e.g., Karachi would be in India, not Pakistan. Storm damage is generally described as "gale"

The Notes column gives alternate dates where sources differ, occasionally aircraft or pilot's names and British previous identities if I feel that this may be useful

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Date Registration Type Place Notes
Dec 1940 EC-AAE Douglas DC-1 Malaga ex G-AFIF
Dec 1940 I-ETRA Fiat G.18 ground unknown collision
Dec 1940 I-mil Fiat CR.42 ground unknown collision
1 Dec VH- A4-41 Avro Anson Werribee
2 Dec BuA 1057 Sikorsky JRS-1 unknown
2 Dec VH- N4965 Avro Anson Hedley
3 Dec BD172 DH 85 Wivelscombe ex G-ACOO
3 Dec VH-UZU Cessna C-37 unknown, WA
3 Dec VH- A4-1 Avro Anson Point Cook, V
3 Dec VH- A7-53 DH 60 Parafield
4 Dec NC25678 Douglas DC-3 Chicago, IL
4 Dec TI-51 Ford 5-AT-19 Puntarenas
4 Dec K7480 AW Audax Jodhpur, India
4 Dec OH- LY-118 Westland Lysander Maaninka
4 Dec ZS- 644 Junkers Ju 86 Nanyuki
5 Dec ZS- 656 Junkers Ju 86 Meya
6 Dec AV997 DH 60 gale Prestwick ex G-AARH
6 Dec AS982 Handley Page HP 42 gale Doncaster ex G-AAUE
6 Dec K6974 Handley Page Harrow  gale Doncaster
6 Dec X2891 Heston Phoenix Hendon ex G-AESV
7 Dec I- Rome to Turin
7 Dec Nxx Douglas DC-2 Greensburg, PA
8 Dec X5111 DH 60 Squires Gate ex G-ABJH
8 Dec K4239 Avro Rota unknown 5 RMU, later G-AIOC
10 Dec BB738 DH 82 St Albans collision, ex G-ADXJ
10 Dec L8070 Miles Magister St Albans collision
11 Dec T7230 DH 82 Watchfield later G-AFVE(2)
12 Dec A7-96 DH 60 Parafield, SA ex G-ABSE
12 Dec AW156 DH 85 Welshpool ex G-AFZG
12 Dec N9244 DH 82 Brough later G-AHXN
12 Dec RCAF 3503 Northrop Nomad unknown
12 Dec OH- LY-120 Westland Lysander Lake Kyyvesi query date
13 Dec RCAF 3512 Northrop Nomad unknown
13 Dec 35-247 Seversky BT-8 Kelly Field, TX
14 Dec AW173 DH 84 Fosse Way, Warks ex G-AEMI
15 Dec K2592 DH 82 Kranji, Singapore 16th also reported
16 Dec T9120 Taylorcraft Plus D Fisherton/Mare later G-AHAF
16 Dec K3312 Avro Tutor Kallang
17 Dec Z7257 DH 89 Ternhill ex G-AFME
17 Dec BuA 0383 Grumman XF4F-3 NAS Norfolk, VA
18 Dec G-ACNJ DH 84 Dyce
19 Dec K8628 Hawker Hart Amritgar, India
19 Dec K8849 Westland Wallace Burg el Arab
20 Dec G-AFDI DH 91 Whitchurch
21 Dec AW155 DH 89 ground Weston Zoyland  collision, ex G-ADAK
21 Dec L3266 Hawker Henley ground Weston Zoyland collision
21 Dec BB754 DH 82 Kenley ex G-ADSH
21 Dec N8009 Miles Master Dundalk, Eire
22 Dec VH- R3521 Avro Anson Yurammi
23 Dec J9393 Westland Wapiti ground Ambala, India
23 Dec VH- A7-71 DH 60 Parafield
24 Dec T9685 Miles Hawk Trainer 3 Woodley later G-AJHA
24 Dec CX- Junkers Ju 52 Buenos Aires, Argentina CAUSA
24 Dec VH-UAR DH 60 unknown, NT
26 Dec G-ACEN Blackburn B.2 Osgodby, Selby
26 Dec VH-UAR DH 60 Mt Brockman, NT
28 Dec J- civil ? Tokyo
29 Dec VH-ACN BA Eagle unknown ex G-AFAX
30 Dec BV984 Piper J-4A Cub Coupe Odiham ex G-AFXU
30 Dec EURASIA XX  Junkers Ju 52/3m raid Chengtu, China
31 Dec X7534 Taylorcraft Plus D Catterick ex G-AFWO